GP continuing professional development

Upcoming events

Cervical and breast cancer: risk-based screening and management

This webinar will provide an update on the latest evidence to support GPs in their screening, assessment and referral of people for cancer of the cervix and breast.

You'll learn about: when to screen and which tests are appropriate for people with different risk profiles, including those with familial cancer gene variations or mutations.

When: Tuesday 13 August 2024, 6.30pm-8pm

Cost: Free

Presenters: Mr C. David H. Wrede (Consultant Gynaecologist and Lead for Dysplasia at the Women's) and Prof Bruce Mann (Specialist Breast Surgeon at the Women’s).

Registration and more information: North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network.

IUD training

The Women’s, in collaboration with Bayer Women’s Health, offers simulation training for the insertion of Intrauterine Contraceptive Devices (IUDs).

This free training runs over two evening sessions (online, then face-to-face, in small groups), using state-of-the-art simulation equipment. 

It is suitable for Specialist General Practitioners in Victoria with sufficient practice support and readiness.

Please note: this training is hosted 2-3 times per year, but we currently have a waitlist extending to 2025. For more information or to register your interest in the next available session, please email

Following completion of the simulation training, there are limited opportunities to undertake supervised training of IUD insertion at the Women’s outpatient long-acting contraception clinic. Eligibility criteria apply.

Practical ImplanonNXT training

The Royal Women’s provides free workshops to upskill in ImplanonNXT practice. 

  • This workshop provides the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skill necessary to safely insert and remove Implanon NXT through supervised simulated practice.
  • Content includes clinical information, safe insertion and removal, indications and contraindications, and management of side effects.
  • Suitable for doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, and midwives. Opportunities for skill development in local anaesthetic administration are provided for nurses & midwives as required.

Ticket Price: Free

For more information: See Practical ImplanonNXT training.

Dates (2024): 1 August, 3 September, 30 October, 28 November. 

Workshops: Women's Alcohol and Drug Service teleECHO sessions
Workshops held through the year

The Women's Alcohol and Drug Service (WADS) offers free statewide professional education and training and secondary consultation for GPs and other health professionals.
Online education sessions using ECHO offer specialist knowledge and support in the management of women using drugs and alcohol during the perinatal period.

To view and register for upcoming sessions visit the Women's Alcohol & drugs education & training webpage. 

More information and booking

Workshops: Newborn Behavioural Observations

Newborn Behavioural Observations, and Newborn Behavioural Observations with High-Risk Infants

Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) training is available for a range of professionals working with families with newborns and very young infants.

  • NBO workshop (online): Sunday 18, Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 of August 2024.
  • NBO for High-Risk Infants (online): Sunday 13, Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 of October 2024.

Presented: Live Online via Zoom and NBO Learning Management System.

NBO Master Trainers:

  • ​A/Prof Campbell Paul, Consultant Infant Psychiatrist at Royal Children’s Hospital & Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  • ​Dr Susan Nicolson, General Practitioner and Infant-Parent Mental Health Clinician at Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  • Ms Danielle Atkins, Occupational Therapist at Hawkes Bay District Health Board, New Zealand​

Bookings via: Eventbrite

Email queries: Jacinda Soussan

Early Bird Ticket Price: $649 AUD (including GST).

Standard Ticket Price: $792 AUD (including GST).

Cost includes:

  • NBO kit and postage within Australia (international post additional).
  • Access to Pre-workshop Module with PowerPoint presentation, videos and optional further reading.
  • Three partial days of online or in-person workshops (14 contact hours).
  • Printable handouts for each workshop day.
  • Printable NBO Forms for use during and after the workshop.
  • Post-workshop Zoom (optional).
  • Post-training supervision, record five interventions on the 'NBO Recording Form' (including one videoed intervention) for review by the faculty.

Online learning

Recordings: Shared Maternity Care Workshops (2023)

Hosted by Mercy Health, this workshop ran over 2 evening sessions, covering a range of topics from leading obstetrician and gynaecologist experts.

These recordings have been uploaded to the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network website and YouTube channel and are now ready for viewing. 

Session 1 - 27 November 2023

Session 2 - 4 December 2023

Recording: Supporting patients with infertility webinar

Drawing on expertise from clinicians leading Victoria’s Public Fertility Service, this webinar provides GPs and Practice Nurses with practical knowledge about:

  • the causes of infertility
  • how to investigate subfertility in primary care
  • the latest range of assisted fertility and fertility preservation treatments; and
  • how to support patients to access treatment through Victoria’s Public Fertility Care Service.

Victoria’s free Public Fertility Care is available to all Victorian residents and is not means tested. To find out more, please see Public Fertility Care.

Recording: Menopause management: a normal transition and when to intervene

Dr Giselle Darling, Women's Health Consultant at the Women's, provides this online webinar.

Over 90 minutes, Dr Darling provides a comprehensive overview of current evidence around best practice menopause management.

You will learn about:

  • the symptoms of menopause
  • pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies.
  • Menopause Hormone Therapy (MHT) in detail including types, indications, contraindications, when to cease MHT, and important considerations of MHT in the context of previous or current breast cancer. 

Recordings: Early medical abortion webinars

This two-part information session on early medical abortion was hosted by GenWest, Women’s Health In the North, the Women's, and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network

Session one: 28 June 2022 information session

Medical termination of pregnancy is the preferred method of induced abortion for nearly 50 per cent of women worldwide who experience unwanted pregnancy. The procedure is safe, effective and legal. However, despite the legal status of abortion in Victoria there remains limited access to early medical abortion.

GenWest, Women’s Health In the North, the Royal Women’s Hospital, and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network hosted this information session.


Session two: 18 April 2023 - information session

This session builds on information provided in the June 2022 session, and includes:

• an overview of training requirements for providing early medical abortion

• an update on early medical abortion procedures, practice experiences, and support and referral pathways for GPs and nurses who currently provide or are motivated to provide early medical abortion

• discussion component to explore complex cases and demystify early medical abortion provision.

Recording: Cervical Cancer Screening and Elimination – including self-collection and updated screening guidelines

The Women’s and Univeristy of Melbourne Grand Round: Cervical Cancer Screening & Elimination.

Presented by: Prof Marion Saville AM, Angela Steele, Dr David Wrede

(Recorded at The Women’s Grand Round, 26 August 2022)

Recording: Updates on screening for ovarian cancer and referral criteria for colposcopy

This session aimed to provide information on recent changes in acceptance criteria for colposcopy and the latest evidence for ovarian cancer screening.

Topics discussed:

  • Ovarian cancer screening: Has there been any progress?
  • Updates on referral criteria for colposcopy

Date: 10th August 2021


  • Associate Professor Orla McNally, Consultant Gynaecologist Oncologist and Director of Oncology/Dysplasia clinic, the Royal Women’s Hospital
  • Dr David Wrede, Consultant Gynaecologist and Lead for Dysplasia, the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Recordings: Shared Maternity Care Workshops (2022)

The Women’s shared care workshops were held in September and October 2022. The recordings of both sessions are now available. 

Shared Care Workshop 1: COVID-19 and Infections in Pregnancy and Third Trimester issues, 19 October 2022

Dr Vicki Woodward and Dr Rachel Ryan: A recording of this session (two hours) has been uploaded to the website and YouTube channel and is now ready for viewing. On completion, you can self-record your attendance via your RACGP learning portal, and you will obtain three pregnancy-related CPD points.

Shared Care Workshop 2: Bleeding in Pregnancy, 14 September 2022

Dr Peter Jurcevic. A recording of this session (1.5 hours) has been uploaded to the website and YouTube channel and is now ready for viewing. On completion, you can self-record your attendance via your RACGP learning portal, and you will obtain three pregnancy-related CPD points.

Recordings: Shared Maternity Care Webinars (2021)

The Women’s shared care webinars took place on the 16th and 23rd March 2021. The recording of both sessions are now available. Please click links below to watch the recordings:

Early pregnancy issues and COVID 19 impact on pregnancy


Syphilis and common skin problems in pregnancy

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • identify and manage syphilis and hepatitis B in pregnancy
  • better diagnose pregnancy related skin problems
  • improve the management of common skin conditions in pregnant women.

Date reviewed: 21 July 2024

Date reviewed: 21 July 2024